Harvest Time

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Alright, alright. I'm not a country girl, but I know we're still a few weeks out from full-on harvest time. But like I always mention, I love fall. So when I saw that The Paper Players was putting up a monochromatic challenge, I knew I was going to make a fall-centric card.

Monochromatic Brown & Metallic Autumn Card #PP205 #CTS85

I think the browns work well with the cream card base (the same cream card base I swore to myself just a few days ago I would never use). The Paper Players challenge is to pair monochromatic with clean and simple.

I paired the color scheme with this basic (and challenging) layout challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch!.

Monochromatic Brown & Metallic Autumn Card #PP205 #CTS85

Here is the harvest sketch close up:

Monochromatic Brown & Metallic Autumn Card #PP205 #CTS85

Although I used the same cut file twice, the leaves are a bit different sizes. Not sure why that is. But it's a pretty card regardless.

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Navy & Yellow Wreath {My New Favorite Color Combo + Inspiration Ideas}

Monday, July 21, 2014

My new favorite color combination is hands down navy and yellow. I'm not sure what led me to these colors, but I love them! So, since I was in need of a new wreath for my front door, I went right to those colors. The best part about this wreath? Everything I used I had on hand!

The wreath is simple to make. All you have to do is wrap yarn around a wreath form. I used yarn I have been hanging on to for two years (here is my original use for it), and as always, used half of the wreath form. The anchor is a chip board cut-out I got from Michael's and had been hanging on to for a few months.

I originally tried to spray paint the anchor yellow, but the chip board didn't accept the paint well and was really splotchy. For Plan B I used Mod Podge and covered the anchor in yellow trellis paper. 

To cut out the paper, I Mod Podged it to the anchor first and used an Xacto knife to cut around the shape. For the most part it turned out well. I rushed it in a few spots and tore the yellow or curled the edges. But overall the striking yellow really stands out.

I used regular Mod Podge (I had stored away) and love that it gave the anchor a shiny finish. 

I attached my anchor with yellow ribbon because it is so heavy I knew it needed to be secured strongly. I was going to push pins hot-glued to the back, but I knew the hot glue would melt in the heat we have been having here. I think the color combo looks great on my brown front door!

Here are some of my other favorite navy and yellow combination wreaths!

But it's not just wreaths where I love this color combination. I also think it looks great to wear!

Navy and yellow is showing up everywhere! At weddings (a high school girlfriend had these as her wedding colors a few years ago, blogs, and home decor!

Just like has happened with nearly all of my other wreaths, I think this one is my favorite one yet that I have made!

What is your favorite color combo right now?

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hi all! I'm back today with a simple embossed card. 

Color Throwdown 301 | It's Always Ruetten

I have a few embossing plates, but haven't really gotten into adding it to my cards. But I thought embossing would be a nice addition to this simple card. I used the colors from the Color Throwdown challenge.

Hope you have a great Sunday!

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Smile, the Camera's on You

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Saturday! I hope you have a smile on today! Too great of a day to be blue!

This card is my take on combining the Deconstructed Sketch and the Card Concept challenges. The Deconstructed Sketch offers a great layout challenge for this week: 
Deconstructed Sketch 160
I also love the colors in this week's the Card Concept Challenge:

I love that my teal paper is not only a (close) match to the color, but also pretty close to the pattern in the inspiration photo as well!

I went back-and-forth during the design for this card how to incorporate the black without it being too stark. I think the sequins are the prefect touch to bring the black to the card!

The smile sketch file is from Two Peas in a Bucket (which is closing down).

This card makes me smile!

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